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Rembrandt: Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer  wikidata:Q2404992 
Artist
creator QS:P170,Q5598
Rembrandt: Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer
Title
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
Object type painting
Description
Part of a series of seven paintings, which also included Homer by Rembrandt (File:Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 061.jpg), Alexander the Great by Rembrandt (lost), The Cosmographer by Guercino (lost), Dionysius of Syracuse by Matia Preti (lost), The Philosopher Archita Tarantino by Salvator Rosa (lost) and The Philosopher or Jerome by Giacinto Brandi (lost).
Depicted people
Date 1653
date QS:P571,+1653-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 143.5 cm (56.4 in); Width: 136.5 cm (53.7 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,143.5U174728;P2049,136.5U174728
institution QS:P195,Q160236
room 637
Accession number
61.198
place of creation Amsterdam
Object history Unknown date
Unknown date
: commissioned by Don Antonio Ruffo, principe della Scaletta (1610/1611-1678), Messina, Inventory number 599 for NLG 500

: inherited by Alfonsina Gotho (....-1689), Messina (?)

by 1710
date QS:P,+1710-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P1326,+1710-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Don Placido Ruffo, principe della Scaletta, Messina
from 1710 until 1739
date QS:P,+1750-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P580,+1710-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P582,+1739-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Don Antonio Ruffo (II), principe della Scaletta (....-1739), Messina
from 1739 until 1743
date QS:P,+1750-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P580,+1739-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P582,+1743-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Don Calogero Ruffo, principe della Scaletta, Messina
from 1743 until 1755
date QS:P,+1750-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P580,+1743-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P582,+1755-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Don Giovanni Ruffo e la Rocca, principe della Scaletta, Messina
from 1778 until 1783
date QS:P,+1750-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P580,+1778-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P582,+1783-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Giovanni Ruffo, Messina
from 1783
date QS:P,+1783-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P580,+1783-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Ruffo family, Messina (?)
by 1810
date QS:P,+1810-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P1326,+1810-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Vaughan (?)

: purchased by Barnett at an anonymous sale at Christie's, London (auction house), lot no. 113, for £79 16s (as ‘Rembrandt 113 A portrait of a Sculptor with a Bust’)

by 1815
date QS:P,+1815-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P1326,+1815-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Baronet (1749-1838), Ashridge Park, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, Inventory number 116 (as Portrait of Cornelius van Hooft)

: inherited by John Egerton, Viscount Alford (1812-1851), Ashridge Park, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire
: inherited by John William Spencer Brownlow-Egerton-Cust, 2nd Earl Brownlow (1842-1867), Ashridge Park, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire
: inherited by Adelbert Brownlow-Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow (1844-1921), Ashridge Park, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire

by 1895
date QS:P,+1895-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P1326,+1895-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: Rodolphe Kann (1845-1905), Paris
from 1905 until 1907
date QS:P,+1905-00-00T00:00:00Z/8,P580,+1905-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P582,+1907-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
: the estate of Rodolphe Kann

: purchased by Duveen Brothers, London/Paris/New York City, from the estate of Rodolphe Kann

: purchased by Arabella Huntington (circa 1851
date QS:P,+1851-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
-1924), New York City, from Duveen Brothers, London/Paris/New York City

: inherited by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), New York
: purchased by Duveen, New York, from Archer Milton Huntington, New York
: purchased by Alfred W. Erickson (1876-1936), New York, from Duveen, New York for USD 750,000
: purchased by Duveen Brothers, London/Paris/New York City, from Alfred W. Erickson, New York for USD 500,000
: purchased by Alfred W. Erickson, New York, from Duveen Brothers, London/Paris/New York City for USD 590,000
: inherited by Mrs. Alfred W. Erickson (....-1961), New York

: purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, at the sale of the collection of Mrs. A.W. Erickson at Parke-Bernet, New York, lot no. 7, for USD 2,300,000
Exhibition history

Pictures by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vandyke, and Other Artists of the Flemish and Dutch Schools, British Institution, London, , cat.no. 39, as Portrait of Peter Cornelius Van Hooft, lent by Sir A. Hume.
Catalogue of Pictures by Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, and French Masters. With which the Proprietors Have Favoured the Institution, British Institution, London, , cat.no. 12, as Portrait of Peter Cornelius Van Hooft, lent by Viscount Alford.
British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom, London, , cat.no. 75, as Cornelius Van Hooft, lent by Viscount Alford.
Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters, and by Deceased Masters of the British School. [...] Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, , cat.no. 125, as Portrait of a Man, lent by the Earl Brownlow.
Loan Exhibition of Painting by Old Dutch Masters (Hudson-Fulton Celebration), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, , cat.no. 97, as The Savant, lent by Mrs. Collis P. Huntington, New York.
The Daily Telegraph Exhibition of Antiques and Works of Art, Olympia, London, , cat.no. X42, as A Savant with the Bust of Homer, lent by Sir Joseph Duveen.
The Thirteenth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters. Paintings by Rembrandt, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, , cat.no. 51, as Aristotle, lent by Mr. A. W. Erickson, New York.
Rembrandt tentoonstelling ter plechtige herdenking van het 300-jarig bestaan der Universiteit van Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, , cat.no. 26, as lent by Sir Joseph Duveen, Bt., New York.
Art Treasures Exhibition, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, , cat.no. 1355, as lent by Sir Joseph Duveen.
A Century of Progress, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, , cat.no. 73, as lent by Duveen Brothers, New York.
Loan Collection of Old Master Paintings, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, , no catalog.
Rembrandt and his Circle. A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, , cat.no. 6, p. 20-21, with image in black and white (ill. 6) on p. 23, as ARISTOTLE WITH THE BUST OF HOMER [...] 54½ × 52½ in. [...] Lent by Duveen Brothers, Inc., New York.
Loan Exhibition of Allied Art for Allied Aid, for the Benefit of the Red Cross War Relief Fund, M. Knoedler & Co., New York City, , cat.no. 5, as lent anonymously.
Loan Exhibition in Honour of Royal Cortissoz and His 50 Years of Criticism in the New York Herald Tribune, M. Knoedler & Co., New York City, , cat.no. 16, as lent by Mrs. A.W. Erickson.
Rembrandt 1669/1969, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, , cat.no. 11.
Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, , without cat.no., p. 44.
Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, , cat.no. 279.
Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, , The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Cat.no. 11.

The Age of Rembrandt, Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, , no catalog.
Credit line Purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with support of friends of the Museum
Inscriptions Signature and date bottom left: Rembrandt. f. / 1653
References

Metropolitan Museum of Art online catalogue, as Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 143.5 × 136.5 cm (56.4 × 53.7 in).
RKDimages, Art-work number 53707, as Aristotle with a bust of Homer, 143.5 × 136.5 cm (56.4 × 53.7 in).

Rembrandt Database, as Aristotle with a bust of Homer, 143.5 × 136.5 cm (56.4 × 53.7 in).
Web Gallery of Art, as Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 144 × 137 cm (56.6 × 53.9 in).
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